Cohen 8-Ball: Analysis of Trade Concepts
Cohen's Analysis: Playing in a big market and with a superstar, Paul Pierce, already in place, the Celtics felt desperate to end their rebuild in 2007 and use their best chips to progress. They had a young budding player, Al Jefferson, a bulky expiring contract, Theo Ratliff, and a high draft pick (No. 5) to disburse. Fortunately for Boston, two premier stars, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, were both available on the trade block and Danny Ainge’s successful tactics allowed the C’s to acquire both KG and Allen.